This NEW history conference will provide students with a highly valuable and motivational revision day.  The conference has been designed to improve varied, interactive sessions throughout the day.

Students will hear from leading historians on Tudor history and receive high quality advice, guidance and examples from a senior examiner for producing examination answers of the highest levels. The conference is designed for students of all examination boards. The course is updated with lessons from the 2019 examinations to make sure your students are fully equipped for 2020.


  • Ask questions and gain first hand advice and guidance from a senior examiner and expert historians
  • Enhanced understanding of key themes and topics, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Interactive examiner workshops to improve performance in the exams
  • Up-to-date ideas about the period leading to strengthened exam technique
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
 DATE AND LOCATION  London | Thursday 5 March 2020
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.25 – 10.35am
Welcome and Introduction: Dr Keith Milne

10.30 – 11.00 am
How successful was Henry VII in establishing and extending royal authority?
Paul Cavill

  • How effectively did Henry VII restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
  • Henry Tudor’s consolidation of power: establishing the Tudor dynasty
  • Councils, parliament, justice, royal finance, domestic policies: the attempt to centralise government
  • Henry VII the miser? Economic development: trade, exploration, prosperity and depression
  • Henry VIII: character, aims and addressing Henry VII’s legacy

11.00 – 11.40 am
An English revolution in religion and government? Henry VIII and Reform of the Church: continuity and change by 1547
Paul Cavill                                                  

  • Continuity and change in religious practices: regional issues and the social impact of religious upheaval
  • Catholicism and its survival
  • Henry VIII’s domestic policies, including the establishment of Royal Supremacy
  • The role of key individuals and groups: how far did Wolsey and Cromwell serve their king?
  • Elites and Commoners: popular rebellion and opposition to reform
  • How did the Reform of the Church affect the English economy?

11.40 – 12.00pm

  • Submit your questions on Tudor History to our expert panel

12.00 – 12.30pm
Workshop: Achieving well on Historical Interpretations questions
Dr Keith Milne 

  •  Explore example interpretations on Henry VIII’s relationship with key individuals and how to challenge these for high marks
  • Deconstructing the question and example answers on Henry VIII, to determine the skills needed to gain highest marks
  • What do B, A and A* work on historical interpretations look like
  • Confirming what A level examiners expect: students mark historical interpretations questions

12.30 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 1.20pm
Ask the Experts

  • The experts answer the questions submitted by the students, with a prize for the best

1.20 – 2.00pm
To what extent was there a Mid-Tudor crisis? Instability and consolidation, 1547 to 1563 Susan Doran

  • How did English society and the economy change and with what effects?
  • How was the succession secured? Edward VI and the problems of succession: the significance of gender for Mary and Elizabeth
  • The social impact of religious and economic changes under Mary I: rebellion, intellectual developments, humanist and religious thought
  • Elizabeth I: character, aims and consolidation of power, including the Elizabethan Settlement and relations with foreign powers
  • Continuity and change in royal government – a thematic approach

2.00 – 2.30pm
Workshop:  The key to Excellent Essays on Tudor History: Dr Keith Milne

  • Analysing essay answers on Foreign Affairs under Elizabeth to confirm what examiners are looking for at grades C, B, A and A*
  • Addressing the demands of themes of change and continuity, difference and similarity in A-level Tudor breadth essays
  • Student Activity – excellent essay practice: students lift example responses up two grades to understand what examiners expect

2.30 – 2.40pm

2.40 – 3.20pm
The triumph of Elizabeth I, 1563–1603 – to what extent is it accurate to describe this as a Golden Age?

Susan Doran

  • Elizabethan government: court, ministers and parliament; the extent of faction at court and the reliance on chief ministers
  • Foreign affairs: issues of succession; Mary, Queen of Scots; relations with Spain
  • Religious developments, change and continuity; the English renaissance and ‘the Golden Age’ of art, literature and music
  • The importance of harvest failures in the 1590s and the growth of social distress
  • The last years of Elizabeth: the state of England politically, economically, religiously and socially by 1603

3.20 – 3.40pm
History Exams: Tactics for Achieving the Highest Grades
Dr Keith Milne

  • How to revise and prepare for breadth. How to prove understanding beyond knowledge at A/A*
  • Exactly what examiners look for and how to boost your academic confidence
  • What qualities are typically seen in an A* script
  • Exam tactics and techniques that produce high grade essays

Dr Paul Cavill

Paul is a lecturer at Pembroke College, whose expertise is on the political and ecclesiastical history of early modern England, concentrating on the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. My research focuses on governance and the constitution, principally in the context of the Wars of the Roses and of the Break with Rome. I have a particular interest in the history of parliament, especially as a means of exploring the origins, development, and reception of public policy

Professor Susan Doran

Professor Doran has a substantial publishing record which reflects a particular interest in the religious and political history of the Tudors, especially Elizabeth I. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College and Director of Studies in History at Regent’s Park College.

Keith Milne

Keith has 25 years of teaching experience in a wide range of schools and is currently Head of History in a large and very successful department of eleven full-time teachers. In addition to lecturing part time at university, whilst studying for a PhD in European History, he has written and also advised on a number of textbooks for A Level History students. He is a highly experienced Principal Examiner and Principal Moderator for a major examination body, leading a large number of very popular online and face-to-face conferences detailing the routes to exam success for all A Level students.

Student £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT